Soprano Winnie Nieh* (聶樂天) from Hong Kong made her European solo debut under the baton of legendary Maestro Helmuth Rilling and has performed with leading vocal accompanist Graham Johnson. A versatile artist gifted with perfect pitch, she is praised for her “fantastic facility” and “clarity of tone”. She won First Place in the 2012 St. Andrews Arts Council International Aria Competition (Canada), Third Place and Audience Favorite in the 2013 Madison Early Music Festival’s Handel Aria Competition, and was a National Finalist competing at Carnegie Hall in New York Lyric Opera Theatre’s 2014 Competition. She received Associate diplomas from Trinity College London in piano, violin and voice at ages 13, 14 and 15, and her B.A. with a language citation in French from Harvard University.
In the 2014-15 season, Winnie is appearing as a soloist at Justice Sotomayor and the New York Judges’ holiday lunch. She is performing the title role (a beautiful young model for the Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli) in the showcase of Simonetta, a new chamber opera by Dr. Larry Lipkis to be premiered in New York City. She will be performing Zerlina (Don Giovanni) in an education outreach with the Martina Arroyo Foundation and Exploring the Arts, The Princess in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Elvira in a cover performance of L’Italiana in Algeri, the soprano solo in Messiah with American Chamber Orchestra & Cathedral Choir and in a Baroque concert with New York City Guitar Orchestra and Art Song Preservation Society of New York (ASPS). She will also be working with renowned coaches Thomas Muraco and Thomas Grubb through the ASPS Song Studio. Last season’s highlights included The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, a performance at the Austrian Embassy in D.C. and joining SongFest as a Professional Fellow, where she premiered an unaccompanied duet by Richard Festinger within four days of receiving the music.
Winnie enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire. She has premiered works in New York, Boston and Los Angeles. She appeared as a soloist in a staged lute song project at the Amherst Early Music Festival, where she worked with Julianne Baird and Grant Herreid. Since her operatic debut as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), her other roles include: Pamina and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Despina (Così Fan Tutte), Madame Herz (The Impresario), Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice), Voce dal cielo (Don Carlo), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), La Fée (Cendrillon), Lucinde (Gounod’s Le Médecin Malgré Lui), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Violetta (La Traviata). Her solo oratorio experience includes: Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St John Passion and Magnificat in D, Monteverdi, Schütz, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation (as Eve) and Lord Nelson Mass, M.A. Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass and Der Messias, Mendelssohn’s Magnificat (Op.69/3), Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Mass in C.
Photo: Dan Demetriad
*Nieh is pronounced as [NEE-ay] and rhymes with Pie Jesu.